Each summer 18 million students are at risk of going hungry when the school year ends and school lunches are no longer available.
For many children, school meals are the only complete and nutritious meals they eat, and in the summer they go without. This summer, the need will likely increase.
The Seamless Summer Food Program can help to fill the summer meal gap for children. SSFP is a federally funded program that provides free meals to children ages 18 and under during the summer, when National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program meals are not available.
Faith-based, community, and private non-profit organizations can make a difference in the lives of hungry children by serving meals with SSFP administered by Jackson County School Nutrition Program.
Churches, recreation centers, playgrounds, parks and camps can serve meals in neighborhoods within the attendance zone of Commerce High School, East Jackson Comprehensive High School, and North Jackson Elementary School, according to Dr. Debra Morris, director of school nutrition for the Jackson County School System.
Organizations may elect to become an SSFP site where meals are served, and it is possible other areas may be served if organizations step forward, Dr. Morris said.
Organizations that would like to receive more information are asked to have a representative attend an orientation session on Tuesday, April 10, at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. in room B15 at the JCSS Gordon Street Center, 441 Gordon Street, Jefferson.
For additional information on Seamless Summer Meals for Jackson County students, please contact Dr. Morris by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Crawford by email to email@example.com, or by calling them at 706-367-5151.
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